Two Sigma Advisers LP reduced its position in shares of United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) by 14.8% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 104,500 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock after selling 18,100 shares during the period. Two Sigma Advisers LP owned 0.21% of United Community Financial worth $925,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in UCFC. SG Americas Securities LLC raised its stake in United Community Financial by 201.2% during the third quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 28,157 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $272,000 after buying an additional 18,809 shares in the last quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P raised its stake in United Community Financial by 4.3% during the third quarter. Martingale Asset Management L P now owns 232,621 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $2,250,000 after buying an additional 9,546 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in United Community Financial by 7.0% during the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,748,651 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $45,919,000 after buying an additional 308,814 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in United Community Financial by 3.0% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,219,813 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $31,135,000 after buying an additional 94,721 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP acquired a new stake in United Community Financial during the third quarter valued at approximately $261,000. 62.99% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
In related news, Director Richard J. Schiraldi sold 16,369 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.26, for a total value of $151,576.94. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $53,254.26. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. 3.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
Several equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a report on Friday, January 25th. BidaskClub lowered United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 26th. Zacks Investment Research raised United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, March 14th. Finally, ValuEngine raised United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 25th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $11.50.
NASDAQ:UCFC opened at $9.45 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $464.28 million, a PE ratio of 12.77 and a beta of 0.58. United Community Financial Corp has a 52 week low of $8.49 and a 52 week high of $11.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 1.05 and a quick ratio of 1.01.
United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $29.08 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $29.03 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 27.75% and a return on equity of 12.26%. Equities research analysts anticipate that United Community Financial Corp will post 0.82 EPS for the current year.
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About United Community Financial
United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services. The company offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, regular savings accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit.
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